Thursday, September 10, 2015

Shooting of Unarmed Hispanic Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco

Shooting of Unarmed Hispanic Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco ---
tags: Unarmed and DangerousPolice Accused of Being Criminals, hispanic suspect, illegal Immigrant Suspects, Washington state, police criminals

1 killed, 3 police were ultimately not charged facing lawsuit.  February 9, 2015 Shooting of Unarmed Hispanic Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco in Pasco, Washington, United States. Zambrano, a 35-year-old man illegal immigrant orchard worker with a history of attacking police originally from Michoacan, Mexico, was shot and killed by three police officers after allegedly throwing rocks as large as softballs at cars and police officers, two were injured. His hands were in the air and back turned when the police fired the shots, similar to false claims about Michael Brown in Ferguson. A toxicology report conducted by police found Zambrano's blood tested positive for methamphetamine. Zambrano-Montes was in the country illegally and did not speak English. He was arrested for assaulting a police officer, throwing objects  and trying to seize a gun in January 2014. Zambrano-Montes' family initially filed a $4.8 million claim against the city of Pasco for the shooting, which they called an "execution", saying he "did not represent a threat of grievous bodily harm to anyone" at the time of his death. Two of the officers involved in the shooting were white, and one was Hispanic. The killing led to criticism by the Mexican government with the country's President, Enrique Peña Nieto, condemning the officers' "disproportionate use of lethal force." Officers were ultimately not charged but may face civil lawsuit.


*Wikipedia 9/10/2015

Shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes

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Shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes
DateFebruary 10, 2015
LocationPasco, Washington, U.S.
ParticipantsKilled: Antonio Zambrano-Montes
Officers: Three Pasco Police Department officers
ChargesNone filed
The shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes occurred on February 10, 2015, in Pasco, WashingtonUnited States. Zambrano, a 35-year-old man originally from MichoacanMexico, was shot and killed by three police officers after allegedly throwing rocks at cars and police officers. His hands were in the air when the police fired the shots.[1] Police officers said one of the rocks was as large a softball. A toxicology report conducted by police found Zambrano's blood tested positive for methamphetamine.[2]
Zambrano-Montes' family initially filed a $4.8 million claim against the city of Pasco for the shooting, which they called an "execution", saying he "did not represent a threat of grievous bodily harm to anyone" at the time of his death.[2] Two of the officers involved in the shooting were white, and one was Hispanic.[1] The killing led to criticism by the Mexican government[3][4] with the country's President, Enrique Peña Nieto, condemning the officers' "disproportionate use of lethal force."[5]

Contents [hide]
1 Background
2 Shooting
3 Aftermath
4 References


Zambrano-Montes was raised in Michoacán, Mexico,[6] the third of sixteen children born to Jesús Montes and Agapita Montes-Rivera.[7] In 2004, he immigrated to the United States to work in the orchards.[6] He was married with two daughters.[6] His wife had previously obtained a protection order against him alleging abuse.[6] Zambrano-Montes was in the country illegally and did not speak English.[6][8] He was arrested for assaulting a police officer in January 2014. The police stated that he had tried to grab an officer’s pistol as well as thrown objects at the officers. He pled guilty in June 2014.[6][8] Prior to the incident, he had spent some time in a homeless shelter[9] and was "struggling emotionally"[10] after being unable to work after an injury.[11] According to police reports, the officers first tried to subdue him with voice commands and then with a Taser.[10]

Three officers—Ryan Flanagan, Adam Wright and Adrian Alaniz—fired on Zambrano-Montes.[12] Flanagan and Wright are white, and Alaniz is Hispanic.[6] None of them were wearing body cameras.[9] The shooting was caught on video by a civilian who recorded the incident from about 50 feet away[13] showing that Zambrano-Montes was running away from police and either had a rock in his hand or was unarmed as he was fatally shot by the officers.[14][15] Several weeks prior to the shooting, one of the officers, Adam Wright, had dragged Zambrano-Montes away from his burning rental home.[16][17][18]

The death of Zambrano-Montes led to criticism by the Mexican government[3][4] with Mexico's Congress calling the shooting an "act that outrages all Mexicans" and the country's President, Enrique Peña Nieto, condemning the officers' "disproportionate use of lethal force."[5]There were also mass protests in Pasco.[19] The family of Zambrano have filed a $25 million claim against the city of Pasco claiming excessive force led to his death[6][20] and have hired civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump who also represented the family of Trayvon Martinin Sanford, Florida[14] and the family of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri;[21][22] and Jose Baez, who represented Casey Anthony.[23]

The three officers involved in the shooting are currently on paid administrative leave.[24] As of February 16, "a multiagency investigation was underway" [25] A local group, Consejo Latino, called for an additional investigation by the United States Department of Justice.[26] There are 68 agents on the police force in Pasco of which 14 (21%) are Hispanic.[27] Pasco is 56% Hispanic.[28]

On February 21, 2015, the Tri-City Herald reported that 100 protesters had attended a rally focused on the incident, with a group of fifty shutting down a bridge into the city that evening. The newspaper stated that "turmoil continued in Pasco nearly two weeks after the controversial shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes,"[29] as protests are not typically of this size in this town. A small ongoing presence of activists was present at the Pasco City Hall.[30]

On February 26, a report indicated "The U.S. Attorney's office for Eastern Washington ... [had joined] the FBI in keeping track of the investigation."[31]

As of February 27, 2015, reports indicated that seventeen shots had been fired; there were conflicting reports regarding as to whether autopsy results indicated the victim had been shot in the back.[32] The medical examiner's analysis was expected to be complete in about a month's time; transcripts of witness statements were not expected to be available for several weeks.[33] Zambrano's family commissioned a third autopsy conducted by forensic pathologist Werner Spitz.[34] A federal mediator from the US Justice Department was dispatched in late March to help to mediate talks between the Pasco police department and local community groups who believe the shooting was unjustified[35] while Zambrano-Montes’ widow has called for the three officers to be charged with murder.[35] A request to Governor Jay Inslee by Latino advocacy group Consejo Latino to remove Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant from the investigation was refused stating that prosecutors were obligated to fully investigate and prosecute crimes absent "very specific, tangible, and compelling reasons."[36][37]

On September 9, Franklin County prosecutors declined to file charges against the three officers.[38]References[edit]

^ Jump up to:a b Cave, Damien; Olvier, Rochelle (July 30, 2015). "The Videos That Are Putting Race and Policing Into Sharp Relief". The New York Times. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
^ Jump up to:a b July 11, 2015
^ Jump up to:a b The Guardian: "Mexico condemns 'disproportionate' use of force by US police in Pasco shooting" by Oliver Laughland 13 February 2015 | "The government of Mexico deeply condemns incidents in which force is used in a disproportionate manner, even more so when that use of force leads to loss of life."
^ Jump up to:a b El Milenio: "Condena SRE uso de fuerza letal contra mexicano en EU - Antonio Zambrano, originario de Michoacán, quien presuntamente agredió con piedras a dos policías murió de varios disparos de los agentes cuando huía de ellos en Pasco, Washington" Febrero 12, 2015
^ Jump up to:a b Vice News: "Cops Fired 17 Rounds at Unarmed Mexican Immigrant Antonio Zambrano-Montes" February 26, 2015
^ Jump up to:a b c d e f g h New York Times: "Killing in Washington State Offers ‘Ferguson’ Moment for Hispanics - Pasco Police’s Shooting of Rock Thrower Draws Comparisons to Michael Brown Case" by JULIE TURKEWITZ and RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. February 16, 2015
Jump up^ Televisa: "Hermanos esperan en Colima restos de Antonio Zambrano" Febrero 22, 2015
^ Jump up to:a b Univision: "Abogado de Ferguson asesorará a la familia de Antonio Zambrano" February 23, 2015
^ Jump up to:a b The Daily Mail: "Investigators appeal for witnesses to come forward so they can 'better understand the mental heath [sic]' of an unarmed orchard worker gunned down by police, sparking mass protests" 20 February 2015
^ Jump up to:a b New York Times: "New Details Revealed in Shooting by Police in Washington State" by JULIE TURKEWITZ February 19, 2015
Jump up^ El Milenio: "Mexicano baleado en EU tenía quebradas las manos: primo - La policía mató a tiros a Antonio Zambrano Montes tras supuestamente lanzar piedras a los agentes, pero José Rosario duda de esa versión porque su familiar tuvo un accidente en las manos" Jesús Badillo Febrero 13, 2015
Jump up^ The Guardian: "Pasco shooting: police will not say how many bullets fired at unarmed man - Officers investigating fatal shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes concede for the first time that three officers involved in shooting opened fire" by Oliver Laughland 19 February 2015
Jump up^ Newsmax: "Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Homeless Man Throwing Rocks, Killed by Police" 13 Feb 2015 |"In an email interview, he said he decided to start recording when he saw an officer trying to use a stun gun on the man. Infante said he saw the man throw a few rocks at police officers but he didn't see him hit any officers....He didn't throw any rocks after he started running"
^ Jump up to:a b New York Daily News: "Family of unarmed Mexican man killed by police in Pasco, Wash., hires civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump" BY Rachelle Blidner February 24, 2015
Jump up^ NBC News: "Rock-Throwing Man Killed By Police in Pasco Had No Other Weapons" by Phil Helsel February 13, 2015
Jump up^ Alabama,com: "Officer who shot Antonio Zambrano-Montes had saved him from fire weeks before" April 22, 2015
Jump up^ Q13 Fox: "Report: Officer who shot Pasco farmworker dragged him from fire weeks earlier" April 22, 2015
Jump up^ Reuters: "Officer who shot Washington state farm worker had aided him in house fire" by Eric M. Johnson April 22, 2015
Jump up^ MSNBC: "Hundreds protest death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Washington" by Phil Helsel February 17, 2015
Jump up^ Washington police shooting, CNN
Jump up^ Huffington Post: "Ferguson Lawyer To Represent Antonio Zambrano-Montes' Family" by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS and TAMI ABDOLLAH February 23, 2015
Jump up^ Al Jazeera: "Ferguson lawyer to represent family of Pasco police shooting - Killing of Mexican man in Washington state for allegedly throwing stones sparked outrage across the nation" by Renee LewisFebruary 23, 2015
Jump up^ Orlando Sentinel: "Baez, Crump retained in Washington cop shooting" By Gal Tziperman Lotan February 27, 2015
Jump up^ International Business Times: "Who Is Antonio Zambrano-Montes? Hispanic Community Demands Justice In Fatal Police Shooting Of Unarmed Mexican National" by Morgan Winsor February 17, 2015
Jump up^ Carter, Mike (2015-02-13). "Family of man shot by Pasco police files $25 million claim". Seattle Times - The Today File. Retrieved2015-03-04.
Jump up^ "Pasco Latino Leaders: Feds Need To Investigate Fatal Police Shooting". NBC 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
Jump up^ BBC: "La muerte de un mexicano a tiros de la policía que causa indignación en EE.UU." 18 febrero 2015
Jump up^ Houston Chronicle: "Deadly shooting of Mexican man throwing rocks stirs protests" by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS February 20, 2015
Jump up^ Richardson, Tyler (2015-02-21). "Shooting protesters rally in Pasco, block traffic on cable bridge". - Crime & court news. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
Jump up^ Rivero, Daniel (2015-02-23). "A small band of protesters won’t let the Pasco police shooting be forgotten". Fusion. Retrieved2015-03-04.
Jump up^ Gamboa, Suzanne (2015-02-26). "Feds Tell Latino Group They Are Monitoring Pasco Shooting Probe". NBC Retrieved2015-03-04.
Jump up^ "17 Shots: Police Killing of Unarmed Mexican Farmworker in Washington State Sparks Protest". Democracy Now!. 2015-02-27. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
Jump up^ Planas, Roque (2015-02-25). "Pasco Police Fired 17 Shots At Unarmed Mexican Migrant For Throwing Rocks At Them".Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
Jump up^ Tri-City Herald: "Zambrano family hires second attorney, has third autopsy performed in Florida" By Tyler Richardson February 27, 2015
^ Jump up to:a b The Guardian: "Federal mediator to lead Pasco talks over police shooting of Mexican man - Justice Department representative to mediate talks between police and community groups outraged over death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes" March 24, 2015
Jump up^ Latin Post: "Zambrano-Montes Shooting Update: Washington Governor Refuses to Remove Prosecutor From Police Shooting Probe" by Roberto Ontiveros March 29, 2015
Jump up^ Reuters: "Washington governor won't remove prosecutor probing police shooting of farmworker" By Eric M. Johnson March 27, 2015
Jump up^ "No Charges for Pasco Police Officers Who Killed Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Man Who Threw Rocks". NBC News. September 9, 2015.


RT No criminal charges for 3 cops who killed Mexican man accused of rock throwing
Published time: 10 Sep, 2015 04:34

Three Washington state police officers will not face criminal charges despite firing 17 shots that killed an immigrant farmworker from Mexico who had allegedly threw rocks at them back in February.

Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Shawn Sant stated that he did not believe he could prove the officers acted with malice or without good faith, and would not be seeking criminal charges.

“The officers used legal force to prevent injuries to themselves and others,” Sant said. “Certainly there is no evidence of malice.”

“I believe that a unanimous jury would not find the presence of malice or absence of good faith in this case.”

t Zambrano-Montes had been throwing rocks at vehicles when they arrived, and that he threw at least one “softball size” rock at the officers and ignored their order to put down the rest. The officers claimed that the Taisers they employed had “no effect on the subject.”

Two of the officers were injured by the rocks and were treated at the scene, a

One of the police officers, Ryan Flanagan, has resigned to take another job. The other two, Adam Wright and Adrian Alaniz, remain on paid leave, the Times Free Press stated.

Zambrano-Montes had grappled with a series of personal problems after breaking his wrists in a fall from a ladder, including depression, methamphetamine use, and joblessness. Moreover, he was nearly killed in a house fire during the winter, according to family members and city records, as reported by Reuters.

federal lawsuit filed last week seeking more than $25 million in damages, his relatives argued that the officers violated Zambrano-Montes’s civil rights, and that their behavior reflected a pattern of unconstitutional practices and excessive force by the city’s officers, in addition to poor training.

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